Modern Analog: Historical Processes in the Digital World

Historical Processes in the Digital World


This call for entry and gallery exhibition is for those who use analog techniques as part of their creative process. It can include images that are pure analog from start to finish, captured on film and printed digital or vice versa, alt processes with digital negs, or some other creative way that works the unique traits and discipline of analog into the prints.

Many photographers use analog as a way to change the way they shoot and to challenge themselves to slow down. Working intentionally on one image at a time encourages a new way of seeing and those limits often encourage creativity that is a shift from the rapid fire, instant gratification of the digital world.

We are fortunate to have Lisa Elmaleh as the juror for this call. Lisa is a visual artist, educator, and documentarian. She works exclusively in non-digital formats with an emphasis on wet plate collodion and large format silver gelatin.

Selections from this competition will be presented in an exhibition in the DCP Gallery in March 2023. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third places as well as juror honorable mentions.

This competition and exhibition are sponsored by Lone Star Darkroom and Don’s Used Photo Equipment.

Entry fees help support our mission as a 501c3 nonprofit to operate our community gallery and to serve as a focal point for creators and appreciators of all forms of photography through education, mentorship, exhibitions, and community outreach.


First place: $200 + $150 gift certificate at Lone Star Darkroom
Second place: $100 + $100 gift certificate at Lone Star Darkroom
Third place: $50 + $50 gift certificate at Lone Star Darkroom


This call for entry is open to DCP Members. Not a DCP member? Join today! All images will be submitted through Smarter Entry. There are no restrictions on the type of camera or process used as long as the artist used at least one analog process during the creation of the final image. This can include using a film camera, processing in a darkroom, etc. There are no restrictions on the type of camera or process used. All images must be original works of the photographer. This competition is not open to current or former DCP employees, instructors, board members, corporate sponsors and partner companies, or their immediate families.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Each photographer retains copyright to their submitted images. Photographers whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant Dallas Center for Photography (DCP) the non-exclusive right to display the images on DCP’s website and social media platforms as well as to promote DCP’s exhibitions, programs, and in promotional and fundraising materials. Photographer grants DCP the non-exclusive right to reproduce any photo(s) chosen for the exhibition in a printed catalog in book form that will be available for sale through an online publisher. All proceeds from the book will benefit DCP’s educational programming. The choice of whether to publish an exhibition catalog is in the sole discretion of DCP. Application and payment to this competition will constitute an agreement to all these terms and conditions. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact from DCP.


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